Daily Archive : Tuesday May 14, 2013



    Inverness man gets probation for retirement home burglary

    An Inverness man pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking a flat screen television from a Palatine retirement home. In exchange for his guilty plea to burglary, Leonardo Adames was sentenced to 24 months probation and ordered to pay $500 restitution.


    Des Plaines man killed by police fled traffic stop

    A high-speed car chase in Missouri that ended with a Des Plaines man shot to death by police began more than four hours earlier after the man first fled a traffic stop in southwestern Illinois, authorities say. Police said Missouri State troopers shot and killed Jose H. Garcia, 49, after he pointed a gun at them when he realized he was surrounded.

    Richard Vanecko

    Daley nephew’s manslaughter trial could start next year

    McHenry County Judge Maureen McIntyre told attorneys Tuesday to "pencil in January or February" but otherwise gave no indications of when a manslaughter trial could begin for the nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Richard Vanecko faces charges of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Mount Prospect resident David Koschman. If convicted, Vanecko could face from two to five years...

    A big gambling plan for Illinois could face changes.

    Changes coming to Illinois gambling plan

    Lawmakers could try to add additional ethics measures and reconsider putting slot machines at the Chicago airports in an effort to get Gov. Pat Quinn to back a gambling plan, one of its key supporters said Tuesday. State Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, said he's looking to tinker with legislation ushered through the Illinois Senate this month by state Sen. Terry Link, a Waukegan Democrat.

    Angela Kramer, left, walks out of the DuPage County courthouse in Wheaton on Tuesday with Erin Novak after the jury found Johnny Borizov guilty of three murders and the solicitation of murder.

    Borizov guilty on all counts in Darien triple murder

    More than three years ago, Jacob Nodarse broke into a home in an upscale Darien neighborhood armed with a .40-caliber Glock firearm and killed three members of the Kramer family. On Tuesday night, a DuPage County jury ruled that Johnny Borizov, one of Nodarse's friends, was the one who orchestrated the brutal crime.


    Wauconda District 118 expected to hire new AD Thursday

    The Wauconda Unit School District 118 board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the district office, 555 N. Main St., to discuss new parent and student handbooks and other issues. The board also is set to hire a new athletic director, but the candidate's name has not been made public.

    Gordon Vanderark

    Former Wheaton man guilty of murder for hire plots

    Gordon Vanderark, once expecting to be paroled in about 6 years, may never again see life outside of his prison cell.The former Wheaton man was found guilty Tuesday of 18 counts of solicitation of murder and solicitation of murder for hire for attempting to hire a recently paroled felon to kill DuPage County Circuit Judge Blanche Hill Fawell, Prosecutor Audrey Anderson and Vanderark's wife.


    Parking meters thing of the past in downtown Aurora

    Parking meters in downtown Aurora are history. Literally. The last remaining meter was symbolically removed and given to the Aurora Historical Society on Tuesday as the city transitioned to a free parking system. Signs designating areas allowing parking for 90 minutes or two, three, six or 10 hours have been posted throughout the streets surrounding Stolp Island, and residents now can adjust to...


    Boy’s body pulled from Des Plaines River

    Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said the boy was found in the water near McCormick Woods in North Riverside. The sheriff's office said the Cook County medical examiner plans a Wednesday autopsy to identify the boy and determine a cause of death. Sheriff's officials say a kayaker spotted the body Tuesday afternoon.

    Jonathan Villasana

    Vernon Hills man charged with hiring hitman to kill friend’s mother

    A Vernon Hills man is accused of hiring an undercover police officer he believed was a hitman to kill the mother of a woman who was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash with him last year. Jonathan Villasana, 24, of the 0 to 100 block of Timber Lane, is being held in the Lake County jail on $1 million bond after being charged with solicitation of murder and solicitation of murder for hire.


    Lawmakers allow DuPage board to pare back government

    Gov. Pat Quinn will soon get to decide whether DuPage County officials will be allowed to eliminate as many as 13 local governments in an effort to save money. The Illinois House sent Quinn legislation Tuesday allowing the cuts by a 108-6 vote.


    Des Plaines police chief opposes medical marijuana bill
    Chiefs of police in three suburban communities -- Des Plaines, Park Ridge and Niles -- issued a statement Tuesday voicing concerns about a medical marijuana bill approved in the Illinois House that the Senate could vote on as early as Wednesday.


    Voluntary school merger bill goes to Quinn

    Legislation that would help Illinois public school districts merge to save money is headed for Gov. Pat Quinn's desk. The measure comes out of Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon's Classrooms First Commission, which studied ways for schools to save money by reducing duplicative practices and combining educational offerings.


    Prosecutors: Woman beat elderly mom to death, left body in closet

    Cook County prosecutors say a Chicago woman beat her elderly mother to death hours after celebrating the victim's 82nd birthday over the Mother's Day weekend. Janette Glenn on Tuesday was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bond in the death of Catherine Glenn. The elderly woman's bruised and bloody body was found in a closet early Sunday by another daughter.


    Schaumburg has new Dial-A-Ride provider

    MV Transportation Inc. will be the new service provider for Schaumburg's Dial-A-Ride Transportation (DART) service beginning Saturday, June 1. DART is a door-to-door transportation service provided to the general public by the village with funding assistance from Pace Suburban Bus. DART provides pickup and drop-off service from anywhere within the village as well as to Harper College in Palatine.

    Attorney General Eric Holder, during a news conference Tuesday, is questioned about the Justice Department secretly obtaining telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press.

    Suburban lawmakers want answers in AP scandal

    Some suburban lawmakers are demanding an explanation of why the U.S. Department of Justice aggressively pursued phone records of Associated Press journalists last year. Illinois Republicans and Democrats alike joined the chorus of outrage Tuesday. "I am very concerned whenever I hear of any government secretly monitoring the press," said U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky.


    State officials: Lowering DUI limit worth a look

    Secretary of State Jesse White said the idea of reducing Illinois’ drunk-driving threshold from a .08 to a .05 blood alcohol content deserves “further study,” a spokesman said Tuesday after a federal agency recommended the change.


    Renovations begin Thursday at Hanover Park library

    A groundbreaking will take place Thursday to mark the beginning of $1.1 million in renovations at the Poplar Creek Public Library District's Sonya Crawshaw Branch in Hanover Park. The branch, which opened in 2001, is in need of updates and additions, such as a new staff room and better accessibility for disabled patrons.


    Arlington Heights BP station opens

    The new BP gas station, automated car wash and convenience store at the corner of Algonquin and Arlington Heights roads is now open.


    Report card: Great Lakes still have big problems

    A decades-old effort to nurse the battered Great Lakes to health has made progress toward reducing toxic pollution and slamming the door on invasive species, but the freshwater seas continue to face serious threats, a U.S.-Canadian agency said Tuesday.


    Carol Stream Park District seeks sign approval

    The Carol Stream Park District is seeking village zoning approvals to construct a 13-foot, 8-inch welcome sign in front of the new recreation center that is scheduled to open this summer. Parks officials are also seeking village permission to attach two acrylic placards onto an existing sign at the Town Center as a way to provide motorists on Lies Road with directional signage for the rec...

    A monument to Russian revolutionary workers with the U.S. flag and the U.S. Embassy in the background seen in downtown Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Russia’s security services said Tuesday that they detained a U.S. diplomat they claim is a CIA agent after they caught him red-handed trying to recruit a Russian agent.

    U.S. diplomat ordered to leave Russia in spy case

    A U.S. diplomat was ordered Tuesday to leave the country after the Kremlin's security services said he tried to recruit a Russian agent, and they displayed tradecraft tools that seemed straight from a cheap spy thriller: wigs, packets of cash, a knife, map and compass, and a letter promising millions for "long-term cooperation."

    Dominic Szymanski, 11, basks in the cheers of his classmates as he made a surprise visit to Hough Street School in Barrington Tuesday, his first day back after being hit by a train in March.

    Barrington boy rejoins classmates after train accident

    Classmates cheered as Dominic Szymanski, a fifth grader at Hough Street School in Barrington, made a surprise visit Tuesday, almost two months after the 11-year-old survived being struck by a train. The unexpected reunion came during an all-school assembly for a student performance of "Romeo and Juliet," and a day after Dominic personally thanked the first-responders and good Samaritans who came...


    No one injured in car crash near downtown Barrington

    Nobody was injured when two cars collided at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday near downtown Barrington. Barrington police said the accident occurred near the intersection of Hough Street and Hillside Avenue, causing midday traffic backups. Both drivers claimed they had a green light. As a result, police couldn't determine fault and didn't issue any citations.


    Former Dist. 301school board member sues boss, claiming slander

    Laurel Kling, former president and 12-year member of the Burlington-based Central 301 school board, has filed a slander lawsuit against her supervisor in the Kane County Probation Department. Kling argues that Drug Court supervisor Carrie Thomas told coworkers Kling was "fired" from her post as school board president because Kling was an alcoholic. She seeks more than $50,000 damages and a jury...

    Dr. Kermit Gosnell is escorted to a waiting police van upon leaving the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia Monday after being convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies delivered alive and then killed.

    Convicted abortion doctor gets life in prison

    A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies born alive at his grimy clinic was spared a possible death sentence Tuesday in a deal with prosecutors. Dr. Kermit Gosnell gave up his right to appeal and in return will spend life in prison. Gosnell, 72, was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder in a case that became a flashpoint in the nation's abortion debate.


    Palatine denies liquor license due to landlord’s conviction

    Palatine officials have denied a license to a proposed liquor store, saying its location's owner — previously convicted of selling stolen alcohol — is trying to skirt village ordinance by gifting the property to his wife. Although Muhammad Amjad officially would be only the landlord to Quick Liquor, 2387 N. Hicks Road, the council Monday unanimously voted against issuing the liquor...


    Geneva reminds residents: Aid available to install overhead sewers

    In the wake of April's deluge that left some residents with flooded basements, Geneva is reminding residents that it is willing to help pay for one fix: Installing overhead sewers in basements.

    The Dalai Lama talks with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos after speaking to the Wisconsin Assembly on Tuesday in Madison.

    Dalai Lama tells Wisconsin legislature to be compassionate

    The Dalai Lama, speaking on the floor of the Wisconsin Assembly where lawmakers just two years ago hurled expletives at each other while angry protesters screamed insults, said Tuesday that the key to a happy life isn't power or money but compassion.


    District 300 first to offer fourth-year math course

    Seniors at Jacobs, Hampshire and Dundee-Crown high schools will have the opportunity to take a new math class next year with a textbook designed especially for them. The course was developed by the Alliance for College Readiness which includes Elgin Community College and all of its feeder high school districts — Elgin Area School District U-46, St. Charles Community Unit District 303,...

    State Sen. Kwame Raoul’s concealed carry legislation includes a statewide gun prohibition in schools, liquor stores, stadiums, amusement parks and more. Illinois has until June 9 to follow a federal court order to enact a law allowing concealed guns in public.

    Chicago senator touts his compromise bill on concealed carry

    An Illinois senator seeking to keep some concealed carry limits in place after a federal judge found the state's ban unconstitutional said Tuesday that his compromise plan would allow large cities to customize their lists of places that are off limits to concealed weapons.


    Inmates in Chicago, Russia to play online chess

    Inmates in the Cook County jail are readying for an online chess match against inmates in Russia. The Cook County sheriff's office says the games will be played Wednesday morning.


    2,000 marijuana plants found near Hebron

    McHenry County sheriff's deputies were called to a campsite near Hebron on Saturday for a trespassing complaint. The sheriff's narcotics unit recovered about 2,000 marijuana seedlings, fertilizer, soil, hoses, plant food, water and camping equipment.


    Audit: Less than half of Road Fund spent on roads

    The audit released Tuesday states that in eight of the past 10 years more than half of the road funds went to pay salaries, construction bonds and other costs.


    Sentence handed down in 1st televised trial in Illinois

    A Kankakee man has received a 78-year prison sentence in a case that was the first Illinois trial to feature live, gavel-to-gavel TV coverage.

    A wind turbine farm owned by PacifiCorp stands near Glenrock, Wyo., Monday, May 6, 2013. Wind farms owned by the company, with clusters of turbines as tall as 30-story buildings and spinning rotors the size of jetliners, have killed at least 20 eagles in the state, according to data obtained by The Associated Press.

    Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths

    Wind farms in this corner of Wyoming have killed more than four dozen golden eagles since 2009, one of the deadliest places in the country of its kind. But so far, the companies operating industrial-sized turbines here and elsewhere that are killing eagles and other protected birds have yet to be fined or prosecuted - even though every death is a criminal violation.


    Kane County hiring freeze changes called out for ‘gaping loophole’

    All eyes will be on the number of temporary employees and consultants employed by Kane County in the next six months. County board members approved changes Tuesday to the county's hiring freeze that several members said turns it into a "hiring slushy" because of the potential abuse of temporary hires the changes create.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Mark A. Clough, 46, of South Elgin, appeared in Kane County bond court Tuesday on charges of arson, a felony, according to court records. Elgin police responded to a fire just before 10 p.m. April 28 at Advance Engineering Corp., 440 S. McLean Blvd., and an arson investigator determined the fire could not have started on its own, according to police reports. After several interviews Clough...

    Thomas J. Chmura, 57, faces four counts of child abduction.

    Monk pleads not guilty to child abduction charges, remains jailed

    A Benedictine monk accused of attempting to lure four teens into his car on two occasions in Antioch pleaded not guilty Tuesday to child abduction charges that could put him in prison for up to three years. Thomas J. Chmura, 57, with a listed address at St. Benedict's Abbey in Benet Lake, Wis., entered his not guilty plea as his attorneys unsucessfully petitoned a Lake County judge to lower his...

    Round Lake Beach will buy and demolish this home at 1319 Walnut Drive as part of a continuing program to improve neighborhoods. The village also is buying a two-acre site north of Rollins Road for possible future commercial development.

    Round Lake Beach buys old home, vacant lot

    The village of Round Lake Beach plans to buy two properties as part of an ongoing strategy to improve neighborhoods and prepare for future opportunities. While the real estate market may still be sluggish, the village remains an active buyer, with contracts in place to buy an old home at 1319 Walnut Drive and nearly two acres of land north of Rollins Road near Nicole Lane.

    Donald McCormick, 10, a fourth grader at Thomas Dooley Elementary School in Schaumburg, hooks up his rocket called the Red Eagle at Olympic Park in Schaumburg Tuesday. His was one of 450 rockets that took to the sky as part of Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54’s rocket launch day. Next to him is Joann Delmedico, who was the rocketeer club facilitator on site.

    District 54 students have a blast launching rockets

    Students from Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 launched 450 rockets throughout the day Tuesday as the culmination of a yearlong learning project. The launches at Schaumburg's Olympic Park involved students from all 27 of the district's schools who began exploring aerospace engineering through the NASA Rockets curriculum in September.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Carter W. Myers, 19, of Batavia, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis (between 2.5 and 10 grams), at 9:51 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of South Batavia Avenue, according to a police report. He was also issued a warning for not having a rear license plate.


    Addison pool opening to be delayed

    The opening of Addison Park District's Community Park outdoor pool could be delayed for a month or more as crews work to repair the aluminum liner damaged by April flooding. The district's insurance carrier has approved the initial claim, officials said Tuesday, and repairs are scheduled to begin this week at the 37-year-old facility. Officials said the pool likely will open in July instead of on...

    From left, former principals Carole Zerwas, Meg Weickert and Don Heitzman

    Forest View School celebrates its 50th anniversary

    Forest View Elementary School's 50th anniversary celebration was a blast May 3, as more than 500 people filled the building for the capstone celebration. "Boy, you guys really know how to throw a party," said outgong Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana Wilks.


    Not a Gacy victim, but DNA identifies teen's remains

    The remains of a New Jersey teen missing since 1972 have been identified, thanks to the machinery put into place to identify the remaining unidentified victims of John Wayne Gacy — although Gacy did not kill this teen.


    Mundelein weighing go-kart plan, but some trustees have concerns

    A proposal for an outdoor go-kart track in Mundelein is moving forward despite reservations from several village board members. Safety was a big concern for trustees reviewing the plan Monday. So was noise from the gas-powered vehicles, 10 of which would be allowed to race simultaneously.

    Tom Glasgow

    Glasgow named president pro tem in Arlington Heights

    Trustee Tom Glasgow was elected the Arlington Heights Village Board's president pro tem Monday night, meaning he will fill in running board meetings and attending events where Village President Tom Hayes is not available.

    The 33rd annual Taste of Glen Ellyn begins Thursday, May 16. The fest features 16 food vendors and a lineup of bands designed to appeal to a range of ages and musical tastes.

    Four-day Glen Ellyn fest features sampling of food, music

    The Taste of Glen Ellyn, which opens Thursday, May 16, will tempt those who attend with food from 16 vendors. But the village's first major outdoor festival of the year also is known for its music, which features performers of varying ages playing a variety of music.

    “Olympic Rain Forest” is a work by St. Charles fine art photographer John Rydin. Rydin’s work will be featured at the St. Charles Fine Art Show.

    More than 100 artists expected at St. Charles Fine Art Show

    Organizers of this year's St. Charles Fine Art Show say it is going to be the largest show to date, with 110 artists expected. The 15th annual show will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 25 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 26 on Riverside Avenue in downtown St. Charles.

    Jack Papandreou

    Man faces life in prison in drug conspiracy case

    A Lake County man once accused of using his family's Grayslake restaurant to traffic drugs is facing new drug conspiracy charges that could put him behind bars for life, authorities said Tuesday. Jack Papandreou, 37, formerly of Wadsworth, pleaded not guilty in Lake County court Tuesday to three counts of criminal drug conspiracy.

    Attorney General Eric Holder pauses during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington Tuesday. Holder said he’s ordered a Justice Department investigation into the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny.

    Justice to investigate IRS targeting of tea party

    The Justice Department is opening a criminal investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of tea party groups for extra scrutiny over whether they qualified for tax exempt status, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday.

    National Transportation Safety Board Chair Deborah Hersman, seen here at a news conference on Feb. 7, said recently “Alcohol-impaired deaths are not accidents, they are crimes. They can and should be prevented. The tools exist. What is needed is the will.”

    Tougher drunken driving threshold weighed

    Federal accident investigators recommended Tuesday that states cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half, matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries.

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks to Britain’s Prince Harry while visiting the area hit by Superstorm Sandy, Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Seaside Heights, N.J. Prince Harry began a tour of New Jersey’s storm-damaged coastline, inspecting dune construction, walking past destroyed homes and shaking hands with police and other emergency workers. New Jersey sustained about $37 billion worth of damage from the storm. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, Pool)

    Prince Harry tours storm-damaged NJ shore

    Britain's Prince Harry toured two New Jersey shore communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy, shaking hands with emergency personnel and construction workers before spending Tuesday afternoon in New York City at events promoting tourism and philanthropy.

    The IRS apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see whether they were violating their tax-exempt status. In some cases, the IRS acknowledged, agents inappropriately asked for lists of donors. The agency blamed low-level employees in a Cincinnati office, saying no high-level officials were aware.

    IRS chief: Agency lacked sensitivity in screenings

    The IRS acting chief acknowledged Tuesday that the agency demonstrated "a lack of sensitivity" in its screenings of political groups seeking tax-exempt status, but he said those mistakes won't be repeated. In his first public comment on the case, Steven Miller said there was "a shortcut taken in our processes" for determining which groups needed special screening.


    All Saints in Palatine to hold free community dinner

    All Saints Lutheran Church in Palatine will hold a community spaghetti dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the church, 630 S. Quentin Road. The dinner is free and open to the public. The church and its youth group have been primary sponsors of Youth Hunger Opposition, which has raised more than $100,000 for the Palatine Township Food Pantry.

    Michael Griffin, 34, an Army veteran living in Carpentersville, will be honored Thursday, nearly nine years after he was shot four times in Iraq.

    Injured veteran finally getting his due

    Army Sgt. Michael Griffin will be honored with the Army Commendation Medal of Valor on Thursday, nine years after he was shot four times in Iraq and provided key information about the enemy's whereabouts while he fought for his own life.

    A one-day hot-air balloon festival is planned in Grayslake on Saturday, Aug. 24. The granddaddy of balloon events in the area is Lisle's Eyes to the Skies festival. This tethered balloon was at Eyes in the Skies in 2011.

    One-day hot-air balloon festival planned in Grayslake

    Grayslake expects to be full of hot air Aug. 24. That's when the village plans to hold its inaugural hot-air balloon festival at Central Park. Officials say they expect the first-time event to be small but successful. “We've been laying the groundwork since January,” Grayslake Trustee Bruce Bassett said Monday. “The balloonists who do this are hobbyists who have jobs and other...


    GLMV’s Ask the Mayors luncheon set for May 20

    Have a question for your local political leaders? The GLMV Chamber of Commerce's annual "Ask the Mayors" luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 20 at White Deer Run, 250 Gregg's Landing, Vernon Hills. Green Oaks Village President Bernard Wysocki, Libertyville Mayor Terry Weppler, Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz and Vernon Hills Village Manager Mike Allison will give brief...


    Oak Grove Junior High variety show May 16

    Oak Grove Junior High School students will perform "Broadway, The Oak Grove Way Variety Show" at 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16 in the school gymnasium, 1700 O'Plaine Road, Green Oaks. Tickets are $7 in advance or $8 at the door. The production includes a cast of more than 100 students from fifth through eighth grades, four eighth grade masters of ceremonies and an eighth grade student director.


    Lake Co. vehicle and equipment auction May 18

    The Lake County Municipal Vehicle & Equipment Auction will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. Auction items include police cars, seized vehicles, vans, pickup trucks, trailer, computers, office equipment, bikes, and other miscellaneous items.

    Frank Bart was sworn in last week the new mayor of Wauconda by retired Lake County Circuit Court Judge Henry Tonigan, right. Accompanying Bart were are his wife Christine and his children Anthony, 4, and Antonette, 10.

    New Wauconda mayor looks to future of town

    He's been Wauconda's mayor for less than two weeks, and Frank Bart already has had to deal with a harsh critic. "While attempting to put my 4-year-old to bed, I stood in his bedroom doorway blocking his way to the playroom. Frustrated, he exclaimed, I don't like the new mayor,'" Bart explained. In a wide-ranging Q&A, Bart talks about his first days as mayor, his...


    New Arlington teen center a far cry from living room library

    The living room of the little white frame house at 202 N. Dunton in Arlington Heights is where teens in 1894 went to find something interesting to read. The two Shepard sisters who lived there welcomed townspeople to scan the bookshelves in their living room for books to take home and read before the fire on cold winter nights.

    O.J. Simpson stands up to leave the courtroom after the first day of an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court, Monday, May 13, 2013 in Las Vegas. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine to 33-year sentence in state prison as a result of his.

    OJ back in Vegas court as lawyers mount new trial bid

    O.J. Simpson is back in a Las Vegas courtroom for day two of a hearing dissecting his former lawyer’s work in his 2008 robbery-kidnapping conviction. Simpson’s lawyers asked the judge on Tuesday to let the shackled former football star and actor have one hand free so he can take notes and sip water while a Nevada judge hears evidence that the 65-year-old deserves a new trial. The...

    Shortly after Monday morning's frost melts away, Fae Littrell of Inverness picks out geraniums at Goebbert's Farm & Garden Center in South Barrington to plant now that temperatures are expected to shoot into the 80s.

    With these temperature swings, only strong flowers survive

    Shutting off the heat and switching on the air-conditioning? Plants at Morton Arboretum in Lisle tried to fight off a freeze early Monday morning but will bask in 80-degree temperatures today. "All those hanging baskets people get for Mother's Day, if they were under an eave, they are probably OK. But if they got frosted, you're going to see it," says Kris Bachtell of the Morton Arboretum.

    Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced Tuesday he won’t seek a second term as leader of the financially troubled city, which recently became the largest in the country placed under state oversight.

    Bing won’t seek re-election as Detroit mayor

    Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced Tuesday he won't seek a second term as leader of the financially troubled city, which recently became the largest in the country placed under state oversight.


    Police: Man, 19, sought in New Orleans parade shootings

    New Orleans police and federal authorities were searching early Tuesday for a young man who is suspected of opening fire at a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans, wounding 19.


    Senators argue over immigration bill ID mandates

    Senators weighing a landmark immigration bill defeated an effort by Republicans Tuesday to require biometric identification — such as fingerprinting — to track who is entering and leaving the country.

    As his government is slashing welfare benefits and hiking takes for the working class to overcome a huge deficit, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is finding himself under fire again for his lavish lifestyle.

    Israeli leader under fire for costly lifestyle

    Israel's prime minister is under fire for a costly lifestyle at taxpayers' expense, just as his government is slashing welfare benefits and raising taxes to cope with a huge budget deficit.

    Darlin Lexima shows a scar covering his collar bone which he says was inflicted by a police beating as he stands outside his home at Camp Acra in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Lexima, 21, was arrested by police early April 15 when he was walking home from a disco club, as residents at his camp were protesting a raid by motorcyclists who set fire to their homes.

    Eviction fears haunt Haiti camp after arson, death

    Attorney Reynold Georges showed up on a recent afternoon up at a Haitian refugee camp of some 30,000 people to say they were squatting on his land and had to leave, witnesses said. In the few weeks since the mid-April confrontation, their plight has become a symbol for what many say is the growing use of threats and sometimes outright violence to clear out sprawling displaced person camps, where...


    Driver grabs Chicago officer’s vest, drags down street
    A driver approached by police grabbed one of the officers by her bulletproof vest and took off, dragging her along the street with her vehicle. Police spokesman John Mirabelli says the officer was treated and released from a hospital for bruises and other non-life threatening injuries.

    The family of slain 8-year-old girl Leila Fowler. Leila’s father, Barney Fowler, center, stands with Leila’s mother Crystal Walters, right, at his shoulder. Fowler says he believes 12-year-old son, who was arrested in the stabbing death of his 8-year-old sister, is innocent until he is shown evidence that proves otherwise.

    Dad wants evidence in girl’s stabbing

    The father of a 12-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing his 8-year-old sister said he'll believe his son is innocent until he sees evidence that proves otherwise. Barney Fowler told The Associated Press the family is backing the boy, who was arrested Saturday after a crime that terrified this Central California foothill community. "Until they have the proper evidence to show it's my son,...


    11 month old thrown from SUV during Chicago crash

    Chicago police say an 11-month-old girl was ejected from an SUV during a collision with a semi-tractor trailer. Police spokesman John Mirabelli says the girl was taken by ambulance to Lurie Children's Hospital in stable condition. He says the driver of the semi-truck ran a red light and slammed into the side of the SUV around 2 a.m. Tuesday in the River North area of the city.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a stern warning Tuesday to Syria’s government, saying that new help will be given to opposition forces should President Bashar Assad’s regime decide to back out of upcoming negotiations aimed at ending Syria’s two-year war.

    Kerry expects Syrians to attend transition talks

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a stern warning Tuesday to Syria's government, saying that new help will be given to opposition forces should President Bashar Assad's regime decide to back out of upcoming negotiations aimed at ending Syria's two-year war. Kerry said he has every expectation that both sides in the conflict, which has left more than 70,000 dead, will participate in an...

    Jared Titus as Luke and Tony Lage as Adam taking a moment to nurture their stage relationship in the Village Theatre Guild’s newest production of Geoffrey Nauffts’ “Next Fall.”

    Village Theatre Guild to stage avant-garde ‘Next Fall’

    The theater, perhaps more than any art form, is prone to explore topics that are both contemporary, relevant and controversial. In "Next Fall," the Village Theatre Guild's newest production opening May 24, no less than two provocative themes are the basis of the playwright's storytelling: gay relationships and fundamentalist religion.

    Eli Levandowski-Gifford, left, a first-grader from Benton, and his brother, Caleb, smile while Eli operates a police robot during a special police training exercise .

    Little boy joins elite police unit

    A visit to a special police training exercise made Eli Levandowski-Gifford's day. Eli, a Benton first-grader who was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic neuroendocrine carcinoma tumors last year, was invited to stop by as Illinois State Police SWAT, methamphetamine team and Southern Illinois Drug Task Force conducted training in Benton on May 2.


    Fond du Lac professor helps study Marine suicides

    A Fond du Lac professor will help study the rising suicide rate among U.S. Marines. Janet McCord is an associate professor of thanatology in Marian University's School of Nursing and Health Professions. She has been trained by the American Association of Suicidology to study the psychological aspect of suicide.


    Indiana slayings evoke memories of ‘98 crime

    Residents in a small Indiana town where four people were found fatally shot Saturday say their deaths are bringing up memories of a previous case. Associate pastor Justin Ackeret of the Waynesville Chapel Mercy Missionary Baptist Church tells The Republic that the shootings of 53-year-old Katheryn Burton, her boyfriend, 39-year-old Thomas Smith, and two friends are hitting too close to home.


    Ferris wheel record-breaker planned in Chicago

    A record-breaking Ferris wheel ride is planned this weekend in Chicago — the birthplace of the amusement park staple. Clinton Shepherd hopes to get into the Guinness World Records book by riding the Navy Pier Ferris wheel for 48 hours. The current record is 30 hours and 35 seconds.


    Galesburg student earns perfect ACT score

    A junior student at Galesburg High School has scored a perfect 36 on the ACT. Catharine Leahy says she took the test on her 17th birthday in February at Carl Sandburg College. The Register-Mail in Galesburg reports that according to ACT less than one-tenth of 1 percent of test-takers earn a perfect score. Leahy says science was the toughest part of the test for her.

    Dominic Szymanski, 11, thanks his well-wishers and rescuers last night at Barrington village hall while supported by his mother Gayle, left, father Luke, and younger siblings Max and Gabrielle, both 7.

    Dawn Patrol: Arlington Hts. flood survey; Accident survivor thankful

    Arlington Heights closer to flood study. Barrington train accident survivor thanks rescuers. Geneva parking deck expansion delayed. IDOT: Young men top crash victims. 10 charged in Aurora prostitution sting. Glen Ellyn seats new president. Bulls lose to Heat.

    District 300 Superintendent Michael Bregy has traveled twice to Springfield in recent weeks to push for a one-year moratorium on establishing new virtual charter schools. The Carpentersville-based district is one of 18 included in a proposal for a virtual charter school that would stretch from Algonquin to Plainfield.

    Educators on virtual charter schools: Hold off a year

    Aurora Rep. Linda Chapa La Via proposed a one-year moratorium on new virtual charter schools that would halt review of a proposed school aiming to offer online education to students in 18 school districts from Algonquin to Plainfield. "What we'd like to do is slow the process down," Chapa La Via said. "It's gone too fast." Third of a three-part Daily Herald series.



    Tuesday’s softball scoreboard
    High school results from Tuesday's varsity girls softballl games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Tuesday’s girls soccer scoreboard
    High school results from Tuesday's varsity girls soccer games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Tuesday’s boys volleyball scoreboard
    High school results from Tuesday's varsity boys volleyball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Tuesday’s boys tennis scoreboard
    High school results from Tuesday's varsity boys tennis matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Tuesday’s baseball scoreboard
    High school results from Tuesday's varsity boys baseball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.

    Hersey’s Lauren Gierman, left, leaps for a header next to Waukegan’s Jasmine Res. Gierman scored twice in the Huskies’ 7-0 triumph; Hersey will host Stevenson in regional final play Friday.

    Hersey handles Waukegan

    Hersey had little trouble advancing in the Class 3A girls soccer postseason.The Huskies had 5 goals by the half on the way to a 7-0 victory over Waukegan in regional semifinal play Tuesday at Hersey.Casey Weyhrich had 3 goals and Lauren Gierman had 2 for the Huskies (12-4-5).Morgan Harris made 1 stop to earn her 11th shutout of the season, and Amy Kappelman and Sarah Magnuson had single goals.Hersey advanced to regional final play against Stevenson, which got goals from Jenna Weiner and Megan Patrick in a 2-1 victory over Highland Park.Ÿ Palatine ousted Prospect in regional semifinal play at Warren, delivering a 2-1 win in double overtime. The Pirates meet Glenbrook South, which eliminated the host Blue Devils, in the regional championship round Friday.Ÿ Carmel advanced in regional play at Fremd by shutting out Rolling Meadows 5-0. They Corsairs will meet the winner of Tuesday’s Fremd vs. Glenbrook North game on Friday at Fremd.Ÿ Mid-Suburban East champion Buffalo Grove cruised past Zion-Benton 9-0 and will Mundelein in the regional championship round Friday at Libertyville. The Mustangs eliminated the Wildcats 1-0.Ÿ Regional host Evanston eliminated Maine West 3-0 and will meet Lane, a 9-0 winner against Lincoln Park, for a regional championship Friday.

    Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Villanueva reacts after giving up a run in the first inning against the Rockies on Tuesday night.

    Villanueva still in Cubs’ rotation ... for now

    The storyline of the day often changes from pregame to postgame. Take Tuesday, for instance. Before the Cubs’ 9-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies, Cubs manager Dale Sveum mentioned the Cubs might go with a six-man pitching rotation when Matt Garza comes off the disabled list later this month. That all looked to be a moot point a few hours later, after Carlos Villanueva got rocked for 12 hits and 7 runs in 5 innings.


    Stevenson perfect in NSC volleyball

    Stevenson moved to a sparking 10-0 in the North Suburban Conference with a 25-16, 19-25, 25-11 win over Mundelein in boys volleyball on Tuesday.


    Stevenson’s a hit against Mundelein

    Despite 3 errors, Stevenson was able to roll by North Suburban Conference Lake Division champion Mundelein 7-1 Tuesday. A steady stream of hits helped. The Patriots tallied 9 hits, thanks to a 3-for-3 effort out of Jimmy Marchese, who got one of his hits to go for a double. Zach Novoselsky drove in 2 runs while going 3-for-4 and Eli Greenspon also finished with 2 RBI. Pitcher Mitchell Goll got the win for Stevenson, which improves to 17-10. He gave up only 1 walk over six innings.

    White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy worked 7 innings and improved to 5-1 with Tuesday night's victory at Minnesota.

    Ventura gets White Sox' 'attention,' then a victory

    Not happy with his team's poor defensive play, manager Robin Ventura called a spring-training style practice five hours before Tuesday night's game against the Twins. The White Sox responded well and beat Minnesota 4-2.


    Farina leads potent Fremd lineup

    A big turnout showed up for Fremd softball Senior Tradition Day' and the Vikings brought out some big bats. Junior shortstop Leigh Farina belted 2 home runs and senior first baseman Michelle Mazur had one as the Vikings rolled to a 12-0 five-inning triumph over visiting Glenbrook South in the nonconference game in Palatine. The Vikings are now 20-7, marking the 11th time Fremd coach Jim Weaver has won 20 or more games in his 12 seasons directing the program.


    Glenbard South still unbeaten in conference

    Stephanie Chitkowski struck out 11 in a 3-hit shutout, No. 3 Glenbard South winning at Elmwood Park 10-0 on Tuesday.Payton Carli went 2-for-5 with 2 runs scored an an RBI and Danielle Scarpiniti 2-for-3 with 3 RBI for the Raiders (22-4, 11-0 Metro Suburban Conference).Fenton 5, Timothy Christian 4:Nicole Susmarski’s two-out, 2-run single in the fifth inning proved to be the game-winner for the Bison. Marisa Voss struck out 13 for Timothy Christian.Benet 11, Manteno 9:Trailing 9-4, the No. 4 Redwings (19-7) tied it with 4 runs in the sixth and won it with 2 in the seventh.Shannon Mills led off the seventh with an infield single, Marissa Panko, who was 4-for-5, doubled, Ali Michalik, who was 4-for-4, singled in the go-ahead run and Julianne Rurka added a run with an RBI fielder’s choice.Nazareth 3, Montini 2:Back-to-back homers by Mia Davis and Colleen McGivney in a 3-run seventh inning rallied the Roadrunners. Cristina Barrett went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and 2 RBI for Montini (23-7).Neuqua Valley 15, East Aurora 0:Mac Spittal (8-3) twirled a 1-hitter, striking out three, and the Wildcats (17-10) pounded out 15 hits.Aurora Central 5, Lisle 4:Gabi Alfaro went 2-for-4 with a triple, double and 2 RBI for the Chargers at the Class 2A Aurora Central regional.


    Sign of the times at Wauconda: 12-0

    As soon as Wauconda's baseball team finished its undefeated run through the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division, Bulldogs unfurled a splashy, colored banner, compliments of a generous parent. Included on the banner was Wauconda's NSC Prairie record: "12-0" Mind you, the sign was made in the morning — before the Bulldogs' 13-6 win over visiting Antioch on Tuesday. So if Antioch had beaten Wauconda, what would have become of the banner, which would have the Bulldogs' record incorrect? "I don't know," Wauconda coach Bill Sliker said with a laugh. "I guess I would have put it in the basement." Moot point now.

    Antioch pitcher Katie Phillips delivers at Wauconda on Tuesday.

    Victory wears well on Phillips, Antioch

    Bound for Ball State University, where she plans to study fashion merchandising, Antioch senior pitcher Katie Phillips was styling Tuesday. Never mind that she was wearing her softball uniform and sweating under the season's hottest sun. "I like clothes," a smiling Phillips said. While pitching Antioch to a 5-1 win over host Wauconda in the teams' North Suburban Conference Prairie Division finale, Phillips dusted off her old outfielder skills.


    Geneva stays hot, blanks Bartlett

    The Geneva girls soccer team kept its momentum going as the seventh-seeded Vikings took on No. 12 regional host Bartlett in the Class 3A semifinals on Tuesday night at Millennium Field. The Vikings scored 3 goals in the first 10 minutes and cruised to a 5-0 victory over the Hawks (8-15).


    Cougars fall 8-4 to Chiefs

    Kane Count Cougars game report:


    Batavia handles Hoffman Estates in regional opener

    The Batavia girls soccer team checked off the most important task on its to-do list Tuesday. It beat Hoffman Estates 4-0 in the first semifinal of the Class 3A Lake Park regional in Roselle and will play another day. The Bulldogs (12-4-3), seeded third in the Hoffman Estates sectional, got some momentum for Friday's 6 p.m. regional final against sixth-seeded Lake Park with a very strong showng on offense in the second half where it tagged the 15th-seeded Hawks (2-14-2) for three goals.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com Terry Dominick of Lake Park spikes one at Timothy Williams of Waubonsie Valley during the Lake Park at Waubonsie Valley boys volleyball game Tuesday.

    Lake Park overcomes lull

    Lake Park got off to a fast start in all three sets in volleyball Tuesday against conference rival and host Waubonsie Valley. Then the Warriors battled back into contention three times, but the Lancers held them off in two of the three sets for a 25-21, 22-25, 25-18 victory in the Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division clash.


    Emotional Lake Park holds off Glenbard North

    It doesn't get much more emotional for a team than it did for Lake Park on Tuesday night.

    Chicago Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Tuesday, May 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Rockies rock Cubs, 9-4

    Carlos Gonzalez homered twice and finished with a career-high five hits to lead the struggling Colorado Rockies to a 9-4 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night. Gonzalez was 5 for 5 and fell a triple shy of a cycle, and Eric Young Jr. also homered for the Rockies, who had lost five of their last six. Colorado had scored 12 runs in those games, including eight Sunday at St. Louis

    Adam Dunn (32) is congratulated by Dayan Viciedo (24) after hitting a solo home run against Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kevin Correia during the second inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)

    Peavy, power lift White Sox over Twins 4-2

    Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo homered to back another strong start from Jake Peavy and lead the White Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Peavy (5-1) gave up two runs and five hits with six strikeouts in seven innings and Tyler Flowers' single in the eighth scored the go-ahead run for the White Sox. Addison Reed picked up his 12th save.


    St. Charles East’s Dykhuis no-hits Larkin

    A no-hitter and an 8-run third inning helped catapult St. Charles East's baseball team to a much-needed victory Tuesday afternoon. Senior right-handed pitcher Troy Dykhuis faced the minimum 15 batters over 5 innings during the Saints' 10-0 Upstate Eight Conference River Division triumph over Larkin (10-17, 7-16) in St. Charles.


    Huntley opens regional with win

    Huntley 9, Rockford Jefferson 0: Beth Parks scored 3 goals and had an assist as Huntley rolled to an easy win in the semifinals of the Class 3A Guilford regional. Abigail Nordeen added 2 goals for the Red Raiders (16-4-1) while Autumn Maraviglia, Crystal Hoffman, Alyssa Kaufman and Taryn Jakubowski added single goals.


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Huntley 4, Grayslake North 2: Tamara Funke had a 2-run home run as Huntley scored 4 runs in the sixth inning to win this Fox Valley Conference crossover. Randi Peterson added a double and an RBI for the Red Raiders (19-10) while winning pitcher Haley Spannraft was 2-for-3 and Megan Baczewski had an RBI. Spannraft allowed 6 hits.Westminster Christian 23, St. Benedict 1: Ally Heischler (2B, 3 RBI), Rachel Fugiel (2b, 3B, 3 RBI), Jackie Calabrese (2B, 3B, RBI), Maddie King and Liz Farwell (3-for-4, 2B) each had 3 hits to lead the Warriors to an easy win in the semifinals of the Class 1A Westminster regional. Rachel Rich was 2-for-4 with a double and triple for Westminster (11-8), which will play the winner of today’s game between Christian Liberty and Luther North in Saturday’s championship game. Fugiel was the winning pitcher, allowing just 1 hit with 10 strikeouts and 1 walk.Batavia 10, Larkin 8: Alex Buhrow was 4-for-4 with a home run, double and 2 RBI and Lexi Price went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI but Larkin (3-22, 2-13) fell just short in the Upstate Eight River. Sarah Hansen was the losing pitcher.Hampshire 4, McHenry 1: Jordan Hook was 2-for-4 with a double and Aly Snider added a double while Jen Hurst scattered 6 hits with 10 strikeouts and 1 walk to lead the Whip-Purs (10-17) to an FVC crossover win.Elgin 14, Streamwood 7: Anna Eckholm was 5-for-5 with 2 home runs, 2 doubles and 5 RBI to lead the Maroons (12-11, 6-9) to a UEC River win. Monica Stockman had a double and 2 RBI and Lissette Sanchez was 3-for-4 with an RBI for Elgin. Jessica Rago was the winning pitcher. For Streamwood (5-18, 2-13, Jessica Daley went 3-for-4 with a double and Holly Foret was 3-for-3 with an RBI. Kaitlyn Hedger took the loss.Jacobs 14, Woodstock 4: Alyssa Lach was 2-for-3 with a double and Emily Borg had a home run as Jacobs (15-14) won this FVC crossover. Kelsey Peters was the winning pitcher.


    Barrington tops Prospect in second-place MSL crossover

    In a matchup of the runner-up teams from Mid-Suburban League divisional play, Barrington edged host Prospect on Tuesday. The Broncos won 26-24, 17-25, 25-22.


    Beutler’s blast lifts Fremd

    Fremd used a 3-run rally in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a victory that gave them a 4-2 victory over Rolling Meadows on Tuesday and wrapped up a second-place finish for the Vikings in the MSL West. Marcus Middlebrook tied it up with an RBI double in the final inning, and Sam Beutler finished the game by hitting a walk-off 2-run homer.

    Pittsburgh Penguins' Pascal Dupuis (9) celebrates his short-handed goal in the third period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators in Pittsburgh Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The Penguins won 4-1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Penguins top Senators 4-1 to take series opener

    Paul Martin and Chris Kunitz scored power-play goals and Pascal Dupuis added his sixth goal of the playoffs and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday.


    St. Viator, Vernon Hills to meet for 2A regional title

    St. Viator and Vernon Hills started out their girls soccer postseasons with victories in opening-round games of the Class 2A state tournament on Tuesday afternoon. Fourth-seeded St. Viator shut out No. 13 Amundsen 8-0 in the first semifinal, and No. 5 Vernon Hills picked up a forfeit win over No. 12 Mather in the other semifinal in Amundsen regional action at Chicago's Winnemac Stadium. St. Viator (10-7) next plays Vernon Hills (10-4-2) in the regional championship at 10 a.m. Saturday at Winnemac Stadium.


    Garza eager to return to Cubs’ rotation

    Pitcher Matt Garza will make his next rehab start Thursday at Iowa. He says he will have a say in whether he comes off the disabled list then or needs another minor-league appearance.


    Winning rehearsal for Buffalo Grove

    Buffalo Grove got one final tune-up on Tuesday for Thursday's Mid-Suburban League softball championship game.And the Bison got one final win in the Mid-Suburban League East, where they are champions for the first time since 1999. Trailing 2-1 going into the top of fifth inning, senior right fielder Kristina Dakas drove a one-out double to the right-center field fence to ignite a 2-run inning that gave the Bison the lead for good. BG added 4 more runs in the sixth to post a 7-2 victory behind sophomore ace Julia Camardo (14-7), who tossed a 5-hitter with 7 strikeouts.


    Troy Murray: You can’t write off Red Wings

    Q&A with Blackhawks broadcaster Troy Murray


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    South Elgin 13, East Aurora 0: Alex Wolfe was 4-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI and Ryan Nutof went 3-for-4 with a home run and 3 RBI to lead the Storm to an Upstate Eight Valley win. Nutof also pitched a 2-hitter for South Elgin (13-10, 12-10) with 12 strikeouts and 1 walk, while Riley Halter (2-for-4, 2B), Joe Crivolio (3-for-4, 2 doubles, RBI) and David Palmer (3B, RBI) also contributed to the offense.St. Charles North 6, Elgin 0: Alex Buttell had a double for the Maroons (6-20, 5-18) in this UEC River loss.CL South 13, Dundee-Crown 1: Ryan Wilkening threw a 1-hitter with 3 strikeouts and 1 walk to lead the Gators to a Fox Valley Conference win. Troy Bittenbender (3-for-4, RBI), Paul Wille (2-for-3, 2B, RBI) and Garrett Bright (2-for-3, 2B, RBI) led the offense for Crystal Lake South (17-5, 14-5), while Tom Gaede and Max Meitzler added doubles. Garrett Ryan had a double for Dundee-Crown.Huntley 8, Burlington Central 7: Matt Sullivan (2-for-3, RBI), Colin Lyman (2 RBI) and Tyler Mundak (RBI) led Huntley to this nonconference win. Jake Wagner was the winning pitcher for the Red Raiders (23-4). Mike Lee went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Rockets and Alex Bell suffered the loss on the mound.Kaneland 4, Cary-Grove 1: Andrew Splitt was 2-for-2 with a double and Rob Johnson went 2-for-3 with an RBI but Cary-Grove lost this nonconference game. Trey Herman took the loss for the Trojans (18-10).Batavia 14, Streamwood 4: Eric Hamlin was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI, Kevin Sojda went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Matt Harding had a double for Streamwood in the UEC River. Harding was also the losing pitcher for the Sabres (5-20, 5-18).Prairie Ridge 8, Jacobs 7: Joe Rizzuto (2-for-3, 2 doubles, RBI), Grant Kale (3 RBI) and Ben Murray (2B) led the Jacobs offense in this Fox Valley Conference Valley Division loss. Tim Hubner took the loss for the Golden Eagles.Metea Valley 7, Bartlett 6: Mike Roberson (2-for-3, 2B, RBI), Ryan Karrick (2B, 2 RBI), Colin Nowak (2B) and Matt Vitulli (3-for-4, 2 RBI) led the Bartlett (13-11, 12-11) offense in this UEC Valley loss.

    St Charles East’s Katie Kolb makes a grab for an out against St Charles North during a varsity softball game at St Charles East on Tuesday afternoon.

    St. Charles N. stuns Saints with 4-run 7th

    One strike away from a piece of a conference title.


    South Elgin knocks out Elk Grove

    South Elgin recovered after trailing by a goal to register a stunning 2-1 victory over No. 5 seed Elk Grove in Class 3A regional semifinal play in the second match Tuesday evening at Conant. Second-half goals from Andrea Walsh, the game-winner coming in sensational fashion in the 76th minute, helped send the No. 11 seeed Storm (8-8-2) through to the regional final this Friday against the host Cougars (11-4-5), who overwhelmed Streamwood 8-0 in the opener.


    Stalberg waiting in hockey limbo

    For the third straight practice, Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg was clad in the dreaded white practice sweater, signifying a man without a line.And afterward he was a man without much to say about it:

    Dwyane Wade drives against Marco Belinelli (8) during the first half of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Wade has been battling bone bruises on his right knee for weeks and could sit out Game 5 tonight.

    Banged-up Wade could sit out

    After reinjuring his right knee during Game 4 at the United Center, there's a chance Miami's Dwyane Wade could sit out Wednesday when the Heat try to finish off this second-round series against the Bulls.


    Waubonsie Valley repeats Bartlett defeat

    Beating Bartlett twice in a week seems like no easy chore. Shannon Hohman and Waubonsie Valley have it figured out. For the second straight year, needing two wins in the last week of a tight conference race, Waubonsie took back-to-back games with Bartlett. Three days after winning at Bartlett, the No. 12 Warriors are in the driver's seat in the Upstate Eight Valley after a 5-3 victory over the No. 14 Hawks on Tuesday in Aurora.


    O’Keefe, Celarek pace Conant victory

    Hat-trick heroes Sidney O'Keeffe and Leah Celarek helped No. 4 seed Conant roll to an 8-0 victory Tuesday afternoon against No. 14 Streamwood in a Class 3A regional opener hosted by the Cougars in Hoffman Estates.

    Burlington Central’s Ellen Jayne, left, Alyssa Messina, center, and Cali Andrew embrace after tying the score with Hampshire in the second half of the Class 2A regional semifinal on Tuesday.

    Improbable comeback for Burlington Central

    With 20 minutes to go in the semifinal of the Class 2A Sycamore girls soccer regional semifinal Tuesday, few in the stands were thinking overtime. No one but the most ardent Burlington Central fans was planning a Rockets' victory celebration. Hampshire led 3-0 and was seemingly able to run out the clock. But by the end of overtime, it was indeed the Rockets who were celebrating. Alyssa Messina scored the tying goal with 1:11 left in regulation, then scored the eventual game-winner halfway through the first overtime as the Rockets completed the improbable comeback for a 4-3 victory.

    Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi (28) forces New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton to pass on a drive to the basket during the first half of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series, in Indianapolis on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Pacers rout Knicks 93-82 to take 3-1 series lead

    George Hill scored 26 points and Paul George added 18 points and 14 rebounds Tuesday night, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 93-82 victory over the New York Knicks and a 3-1 lead in the second-round series.


    Metea Valley holds off South Elgin

    This past Saturday, Metea Valley's softball team was shutout on 3 hits by South Elgin junior Paige Allen. On Tuesday at South Elgin, the Mustangs remembered to bring their bats. And they used them for much more than 3 hits. Senior Lori Obendorf and junior Alise Perna each hit home runs and Metea Valley pounded out 13 hits off two South Elgin pitchers, then used a clutch performance from senior Stephanie Bova in the circle to hold off the Storm 8-7 in an Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division game on South Elgin's senior day.

    If the Bulls have anything to say about it, LeBron James and the Miami Heat won’t be able to put it on cruise control in Game 5 on Wednesday night.

    Bulls worn down but believe another win is possible

    The Bulls gave a lifeless performance at a lifeless United Center on Monday and now face their season's end with Game 5 in Miami. But when everyone counts them out, that's when the Bulls seem to rise to the occasion.

    Glenbard North’s Justin Jackson, here heading for the end zone after catching a touchdown pass in the Class 8A state semifinals against Loyola last fall, has committed to a football future at Northwestern.

    Glenbard North’s Jackson commits to Northwestern

    Every mention of another school conjured comparisons to Northwestern. That's when Justin Jackson realized there was no comparison. "I wanted to become part of the Wildcat family," he said. On Tuesday Jackson made it official when the Glenbard North junior running back announced on Twitter he was committing to Northwestern.


    St. Edward stays true to form in sectional semi

    What has become evident through three postseason games for the St. Edward girls soccer team is that at the very least, seven-goal wins are simply the norm. And Tuesday's win over Woodlands Academy was no exception. Just as they disposed of Elgin Academy (8-0) and Westminster Christian (7-0) similarly last week in regionals, the Green Wave yet again put on a show early in a 7-0 win over the Wildcats in a Class 1A Westminster Christian sectional semifinal in Elgin.


    Crystal Lake South blanks Dundee-Crown

    The postseason couldn't have started out any better for the Crystal Lake South girls soccer team. The Gators dominated possession and kept Dundee-Crown from getting any good scoring opportunity Tuesday as CL South defeated the Chargers, 5-0, in the semifinals of the Class 3A Crystal Lake South regional. "It's good motivation to help us get through," said Gators senior Mackenzie Taldone, who scored the final 2 goals. "We've definitely been put as underdogs during the conference so we're definitely going to push through regionals and show people who we actually are."

    Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival gives goalie Corey Crawford a hand after winning 5-1 against Minnesota Wild in game 5 of the NHL Western Conference first-round playoff series at the United Center in Chicago on Thursday.

    How the Hawks can beat the Red Wings

    Veteran Blackhawks beat writer Tim Sassone breaks down the keys to the Hawks-Red Wings series: The goalies, the role players, the discipline, and Detroit's defense against the Hawks' high-scoring offense. This group of Blackhawks also has never beaten Detroit in a playoff series.

    The Blackhawks will have to step up their game against the Detroit Red Wings if they want to be celebrating again after the second round.

    Blackhawks catch break facing Wings…but must be ready

    Getting Minnesota and Detroit the first two rounds was the best possible result for the Blackhawks, who couldn't have ordered it up any better. Still, the Wings are playing well and in this series the Hawks better show up from the start.

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James drives during Game 4 of the second-round series against the Bulls. Miami leads the series 3-1.

    LeBron continues to blur comparisons to greatness

    LeBron James isn't as successful or as popular as Michael Jordan was. However, King James has avoided controversy and scandal better than His Airness did.

    As the Bears put in a new scheme this week under the eyes of head coach Marc Trestman, offensive lineman Gabe Carimi missed another voluntary session with his teammates and coaches, hurting his chances to make the team.

    Will Bears send Carimi packing?

    Offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, the Bears' first-round draft pick in 2011, missed his second straight OTA (organized team activity) Tuesday, possibly jeopardizing his future with the team. Carimi continues to work out on his own in Arizona, while teammates learn a new offense under first-year coach Marc Trestman and offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer.

    New England Revolution's Shalrie Joseph, left, tries to clear the ball past Columbus Crew's Robbie Rogers during the first half of an MLS soccer game Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Fire in talks to trade Rogers’ rights

    The Chicago Fire has begun talks with the Los Angeles Galaxy about sending the MLS rights to Robbie Rogers to the Galaxy.

    From his central position behind the bench, Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville has pushed all the right buttons for his record-setting team as it enters the second round of NHL playoffs.

    Verdi goes one-on-one with Coach Q

    Bob Verdi goes one-on-one in an extensive interview with Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville that looks back on the season, his decision to switch up some lines, and his drive to get the team to raise its game to another level in the playoffs, among other topics. And Coach Q responds to the question that always gets asked: Is this Hawks team tough enough?

    Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., is the site of the 2013 U.S. Open, and at least 10 Chicago area golfers are alive in the qualifying rounds leading into the tournament.

    10 local survivors still chasing U.S. Open dream

    In his weekly golf column, Len Ziehm has the latest on the Chicago area players who survived the first round of the U.S. Open Qualifying tournaments, plus more on Nicole Jeray's success on the LPGA Tour, and other golf news.

    Baseball fans have had to bundle up at U.S. Cellular Field this season. When the White played the Los Angeles Angels last Friday, the temperature dipped below 40 degrees during the game.

    Cellar-dwelling baseball teams unacceptable

    With both Chicago baseball teams in last place, Mike North is already longing for Bears' season to begin. Until then, fans will have to be content with the Bulls and Blackhawks meeting their needs. North also looks back at about Sergio Garcia's $1.5-million meltdown in The Players Championship.

    Mundelein's Allie Boothe holds the girls water polo sectional plaque and gets hugs from her sister Amanda, far left, and friend Megan Casali Saturday. Mundelein defeated Stevenson in the match.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from water polo, track, baseball, softball, gymnastics, volleyball and soccer.


    Grant rallies past Antioch

    Tom Blanchette pounded 9 kills and Grant's boys volleyball team rallied past Antioch 15-25, 25-13, 25-17 in North Suburban Conference action Monday night.


    Donald Trump testified at federal court in Chicago on Tuesday after several of his companies were named in a lawsuit filed by an 87-year-old investor who says she was lured into buying condos at his namesake Chicago skyscraper with promises of a profit-sharing deal that was later quietly withdrawn.

    Donald Trump completes testimony in Chicago trial

    A scowling Donald Trump raised his voice on the witness stand Wednesday while an attorney grilled him and then rolled his eyes at the "Apprentice" star's answers, prompting a federal judge to scold both men in open court and order them to behave. The admonition came during Trump's second and final day on the stand at a civil trial where he is accused of making false promises to an investor to lure her into purchasing condos at his glitzy Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago.

    A tractor with cultivator sits idle after being delayed by wet weather earlier this month preventing central Illinois farmers from starting their spring planting of corn crops Monday.

    USDA: Corn plantings pick up, but still behind

    U.S. farmers are making the most of break in the seemingly unceasing spring rains to plant corn, though the pace still remains well behind schedule, the latest federal figures showed Monday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in its weekly update of the nation's crop progress, said 28 percent of U.S. cornfields have been planted, more than double the 12 percent of just a week earlier.


    Ill. to receive $12M in pharmaceutical settlement

    Illinois is expected to receive more than $12 million in a settlement with a pharmaceutical company accused of selling diluted drugs. The state's Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the settlement Monday. The state will receive the money as part of a $500 million federal and state settlement against India-based Ranbaxy.

    U.S. stocks rose, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to its eighth record high in the past nine sessions, on increased optimism over growth in the world’s largest economy.

    Stock market rises back into record territory

    The stock market marched back into record territory as investors seized on the latest encouraging news about the economy. On Tuesday, it was a report on the health of small businesses.

    Barb’s Precious Rescue and Adoption Center will open at 313 N. Quentin Road in Palatine.

    Animal shelter and adoption facility coming to Palatine

    Despite concerns from a few neighboring businesses over noise and odors, an animal shelter and adoption facility has received unanimous approval to open in Palatine. Barb's Precious Rescue and Adoption Center will house up to 50 cats and six dogs in an old farm house at 313 N. Quentin Road. "I think I can offer the village of Palatine a solution for animal control in a very professional manner," said owner Barbara Weber.

    Katie Berganske of AmCheck Payroll in Schaumburg looks out on to the Schaumburg Boomers baseball field through new windows at the SBA monthly breakfast on Tuesday.

    Schaumburg Boomers ready to start second season

    The Schaumburg Boomers' second opening day is this Thursday, May 16, but the independent league baseball team rolled out the red carpet two days early by hosting the Schaumburg Business Association's monthly breakfast meeting.

    U.S. airlines collected more than $6 billion in baggage and reservation change fees from passengers in 2012, the highest amount since the fees became common five years ago.

    Airlines collected record baggage fees in 2012

    U.S. airlines collected more than $6 billion in baggage and reservation change fees from passengers last year — the highest amount since the fees became common five years ago. Passengers shouldn't expect a break anytime soon.

    A driver uses an iPhone while driving Wednesday, in Los Angeles. The country’s four biggest cellphone companies are set to launch their first joint advertising campaign against texting while driving, uniting behind AT&T’s “It Can Wait” slogan to blanket TV and radio during the summer of 2013.

    Big 4 cellphone carriers unite on anti-texting ads

    The country's four biggest cellphone companies are set to launch their first joint advertising campaign against texting while driving, uniting behind AT&T's "It Can Wait" slogan to blanket TV and radio this summer. AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile will be joined by 200 other organizations backing the multi-million dollar ad campaign.


    BlackBerry CEO may announce lower-priced phone

    The CEO of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion will deliver a keynote speech amid speculation that he'll introduce a lower-priced version of the BlackBerry at the company's annual three-day conference in Orlando, Fla. CEO Thorsten Heins is set to speak Tuesday morning. RIM unveiled new, versatile BlackBerrys earlier this year after delays allowed Apple and others to dominate the smartphone market.


    Microsoft Windows 8 update will be free

    Microsoft says a planned update to its Windows 8 operating system will be made available for free later this year. Microsoft Corp. announced the update last week, but wouldn't say at the time whether consumers would have to pay for it.Codenamed Blue, the update now has an official moniker: Windows 8.1.

    LinkedIn’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters. LinkedIn and Facebook celebrate the anniversaries of their IPOs just a few days apart this week. But the companies’ experiences as publicly traded entities couldn’t be more different.

    LinkedIn looks to build on its impressive resume

    LinkedIn and Facebook will celebrate the anniversaries of their IPOs just a few days apart this week. But their experiences as publicly traded companies couldn't be more different. LinkedIn Corp. promotes its service as a stepping stone to a more enriching career. As it turns out, the professional networking company's initial public offering was a great place to start a rewarding investment portfolio, too.

    European aerospace company EADS said strong deliveries by airplane maker Airbus helped drive higher earnings i

    Airbus sales drive Q1 profits at parent company

    PARIS — European aerospace company EADS said strong deliveries by airplane maker Airbus helped drive higher earnings in the first quarter and laid out the hope that the new A350 long-range aircraft should make its first flight this summer.The Airbus parent company, competitor of Chicago-based Boeing, also reaffirmed Tuesday its forecast of lifting commercial aircraft deliveries this year to between 600 and 610, as demand from Middle Eastern and Asian carriers to expand their fleets continues to drive sales for one of Europe’s largest exporters.EADS made a net profit for the January-March quarter of 241 million euros ($314 million), nearly double last year’s equivalent of 126 million euros.EADS CEO Tom Enders said in a statement the company “had a rather good start into 2013” and remained focused on improving profitability further “in 2013 and beyond.”Airbus delivered 144 aircraft in the first quarter, up from 131 in the same period last year. Last year Airbus delivered 588 aircraft, including 30 of its A380 superjumbos.Airbus’s revenue from commercial aircraft sales jumped nearly 16 percent in the quarter thanks to rising deliveries. Airbus’ orders also continued to rise, with 410 net commercial aircraft orders in the quarter. Airbus, which expects to take in around 700 orders this year, is preparing for the first flight of its new A350 long-range aircraft that is aimed at rivaling Boeing’s 777 and 787. In a call with reporters Chief Financial Officer Harald Wilhelm said Airbus is “more and more confident” that the A350 will make its first flight sometime this summer, after two years of delays blamed partly on the aircraft’s new design, which makes use of unprecedented amount of lightweight carbon-fiber material. EADS’ overall revenue rose 9 percent to 12.4 billion euros in the first quarter. The company targets “moderate” revenue growth in 2013 and operating profit of 3.5 billion euros, well above the 3 billion euros booked in 2012.

Life & Entertainment


    Draw your own lines in relationship and live accordingly

    The chemistry in my nine-month relationship is awesome, the hard work feels minimal, we stay up late and talk often. I've always wanted my lover to be my best friend. There's only one problem: He already has a best friend, his ex-girlfriend of eight years (friend of 17). He broke up with her because it was an unhappy relationship and their counselor said it was "maladaptive." He's made it clear to her that she would be the last woman on Earth he would date again.

    Spock (Zachary Quinto, left) and Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine) continue to clash in “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

    Villain and visuals aside, ‘Star Trek’ sequel sets predictable course

    "Star Trek Into Darkness" is like fan-boy fiction on a $185 million budget. It's reverential, it's faithful, it's steeped in "Trek" mythology. It's also an excessively derivative what-if rehash. In short, the new chiefs of Starfleet aren't coming up with much to call their own.

    George Strait, “Love is Everything”

    George Strait still cruisin’ in the studio

    George Strait is amid a two-year tour before retiring from the road, but new album "Love Is Everything" proves he still has plenty of great new country music in him. As usual, he proves he can stay contemporary, nicely handling the modern romantic ballad "I Believe," with its orchestrations and organ accents, and the tricky melody of "Give It All We Got Tonight," his current hit.

    She & Him, “Volume 3”

    She & Him win again with ‘Volume 3’

    Is there any limit to Zooey Deschanel's creativity? With her comical hit show, "New Girl," it's hard to work out when she would have the time to write music. And the new album "Volume 3" from her duo, She & Him, with singer-songwriter M. Ward, definitely doesn't sound like an album that's been made on the side.

    Rapper Drake has been nominated for 12 BET Awards.

    Rapper Drake leads BET Awards with 12 nominations

    He started from the bottom, but now he's on top at the BET Awards: Drake has 12 nominations. BET announced the nominees Tuesday. Rappers Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz are up for eight awards each.

    Bartender Ashley Penick pours a Purple Haze at Heaven on Seven in Naperville. The restaurant is one of many participating in Chicago Craft Beer Week.

    Check out what's on tap at suburban bars for Chicago Craft Beer Week

    Chicago Craft Beer Week launched four years ago as a way to celebrate all the breweries and beer-focused spots that the area has to offer. Since then it's continued to grow every year. This year more than 300 spots in the city and suburbs are using the event as an opportunity to offer something special to their existing customers, lure in more patrons and test the appeal of new beers.

    Liza Lapira, Lauren Ash and Rebel Wilson in the new comedy “Super Fun Night,” premiering as part of the ABC fall lineup.

    ABC adds 14 new series for next season

    ABC is cutting its aging "Dancing With the Stars" back to two hours and one night next season, creating a slot for a new drama series based on the Marvel Comics world that's aimed at expanding the network's audience, its programming chief said Tuesday. Condensing the celebrity dancing contest on Monday night "opens up Tuesday for a pretty aggressive play," said Paul Lee, ABC Entertainment Group president

    Annie Overboe tweaked her vegan chocolate cake so it can now be enjoyed by people who are gluten intolerant.

    Baking secrets: Gluten-free chocolate cake for all to enjoy

    Annie Overboe spent time at the Gluten-Free and Allergen-Free Expo and noticed brownies and flourlesscake desserts seemed to be popular items offered by baking vendors. When she asked people attending the expo what dessert they missed most due to their gluten-free diet a simple chocolate cake emerged as a common answer. So she set out to create one.


    Confronting mom should just be about your feelings

    Daughter is annoyed that Mom would rather spend time with her multiple cats than with her new grandson. But Carolyn Hax says express your feelings without hating what the good things Mom does with her time.

    Annie Overboe tweaked her vegan chocolate cake so it can now be enjoyed by people who are gluten intolerant.

    Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Cake
    Gluten-free, Vegan Chocolate Cake

    Bill Hader is leaving “Saturday Night Live” after an eight-year run.

    Bill Hader to exit ‘SNL’

    Bill Hader is leaving "Saturday Night Live" after an eight-year run. His spokesman confirms that the 34-year-old comedian will depart "SNL" after this weekend's season finale.

    Beyoncé is canceling her Tuesday, May 14, concert in Belgium because of dehydration and exhaustion. She has been advised by her doctors to rest.

    Beyoncé cancels Belgium show under doctor’s orders

    Beyoncé is canceling her Tuesday concert in Belgium because of dehydration and exhaustion. In an email to The Associated Press, the singer's publicist says Beyoncé has been advised by her doctors to rest. She was scheduled to perform at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp. The show will be rescheduled and tickets can be used at that show.

    Rose Ragona, a 51-year-old operations supervisor at O’Hare, was diagnosed with breast cancer and recently had a mastectomy where surgeons saved much of her skin and started reconstruction during the same surgery. “To wake up and just see your breasts there helped me immensely,” she said.

    Women have new options for breast cancer surgery

    Treating breast cancer almost always involves surgery, and for years the choice was just having the lump or the whole breast removed. Now, new approaches are dramatically changing the way these operations are done, giving women more options, faster treatment, smaller scars, fewer long-term side effects and better cosmetic results.

    Actress Angelina Jolie has revealed that in April she finished three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts as a preventive measure.

    How and why of Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy

    Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie announced on Tuesday that she had a preventive mastectomy after learning she had a gene that significantly raised her risk of breast cancer. Here's a crash course in the procedure Jolie had and why.

    J.J. Abrams, who directed the latest release of the Star Trek film franchise “Into Darkness,” is gearing up for the challenge of overseeing the next installment of “Star Wars.”

    J.J. Abrams boldly going from ‘Trek’ to ‘Star Wars’

    J.J. Abrams is master of one universe — and he's about to try conquering another. The director who rebooted "Star Trek" for a new generation, sending the USS Enterprise out again to explore strange new worlds, has also been put at the "Star Wars" helm. Soon he'll direct a new film, the seventh, in the epic sci-fi franchise.

    Aretha Franklin has canceled performances in Chicago on May 20 under a doctor’s recommendation for treatment. It’s unclear what sheís being treated for.

    Franklin cancels show in Chicago for medical issue

    NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin has canceled appearances in Chicago and Connecticut later this month under a doctor’s recommendation.A Monday news release says Franklin will need treatment during the time period shows were scheduled with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on May 20 and at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut on May 26. The release doesn’t specify what kind of treatment and her publicist did not immediately respond to a message seeking details.Singer Janelle Monae will step in for Franklin for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Corporate Night fundraiser. The Grammy-winning singer will be playing orchestral versions of her songs that she’ll first debut Thursday with the San Francisco Symphony.

    Actress Angelina Jolie authored an op-ed for Tuesday's New York Times where she writes that in April she finished three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts as a preventive measure. She says she's kept the process private but is writing about it now with hopes she can help other women.

    Angelina Jolie says she had double mastectomy

    Angelina Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer. "My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56," Jolie writes in a New York Times Op-Ed piece. "She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was."

    Anime Central is the Midwest’s largest convention for fans of Japanese animation and manga. It returns to Rosemont this weekend.

    Best bets: Characters welcome at Anime Central

    Anime Central 2013, the Midwest's largest convention of Japanese animation and manga, returns for a weekend-long bash at Rosemont's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Scale a 25-foot rock wall, balance on a paddle board and more during the JustPlay! Sports & Rec Festival at the Carol Stream Town Center. See works created by artists on the autism spectrum in the exhibit “Brilliance of Autism” at the Art Museo in the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare.

    “Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon” offers a fresh new, albeit shorter, adventure for a fraction of the cost.

    ‘Blood Dragon’ a blast of pure ’80s mayhem

    Video games came of age in the 1980s, a decade that was also the heyday of cheesy Hollywood action movies. "Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon" is an affectionate tribute to a cinematic era in which one guy with a lot of guns could solve all the world's problems. The musclehead here is Rex "Power" Colt, a cybernetically enhanced supersoldier who's sent to a remote island to prevent a madman from building an unstoppable army.

    “The Cooked Seed” by Anchee Min

    Min’s life explored in new memoir

    Chinese author Anchee Min, whose first memoir, "Red Azalea," told the story of her youth in China growing up under the leadership of Chairman Mao and introduced many to the true horrors of that regime, picks up here where she left off in "A Cooked Seed." It's 1984, she's 27 and on a plane bound for Chicago with a $500 loan in her pocket, no understanding of English and only a vague plan to study art.

    Erica Tomei, pastry chef for the Chicago Marriott Naperville, brings whoppie pies to the breakfast table using blueberry pancakes, maple cream and bacon.

    Blueberry Pancakes & Bacon Whoopie Pies
    Blueberry Pancakes and Bacon Whoopie Pies: Erica Tomei

    Rob Colletti, left, and Ben Platt, pose in front of the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago. Platt plays nerdy but lovable Elder Cunningham in “The Book of Mormon,” and Colletti, who grew up in Wheaton and Glen Ellyn, is his standby.

    Suburban man the standby star of 'Book of Mormon'

    Eight times a week, Rob Colletti goes down to the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago, warms up his vocals, sits in the dressing room while the hit musical "The Book of Mormon" is performed, and then goes home. Colletti, a Wheaton native, is the standby for the lead role of the nerdy but lovable Elder Cunningham. And, "it's been incredible," he said.

    Chef Erica Tomei runs the pastry kitchens at the Chicago Marriott Naperville.

    Naperville pastry chef living the sweet life

    Erica Tomei was on the road to becoming a teacher and tooka detour to culinary school. Today Tomei, 33, is the head pastry chef at the Chicago Marriott Naperville where she says she relies on her teaching training daily. "In a sense, as a chef I am doing the best of both worlds," she says. " I'm baking and teaching my team new skills as their leader."



    Editorial: Internet sales taxes should be collected

    The U.S. House should follow the Senate's lead and approve a bill requiring the collection of state and local sales taxes on items sold over the Internet, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Benghazi redacted

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: We are supposed to accept the conclusions about the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, despite congressional testimony last week suggesting that significant efforts were made to camouflage those mistakes.As Democrats and Republicans alike know all too well: It's always the cover-up.


    People who help make America strong

    Columnist Donna Brazile: American character. We need people of good character — regardless of politics or profession. I'm proud of Charles Ramsey. Even with his flaws and troubled past, he makes me proud to be an American. Amanda Berry, 6-year-old Jocelyn, Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Charles Ramsey — these are the people America is made of.


    Guns have a place while we’re here on Earth
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: In response to Tom McGovern, who wrote to the Daily Herald on May 3 that the gun lobby should look elsewhere because "there are no guns in heaven": That's true, Tom. Because in heaven, there isn't anyone trying to rob, rape or kill you.


    Spending remains out of control
    A Barrington letter to the editor: On May 5 you published a nice, politically correct article by The Associated Press as to "Why the economy is taking so long to recover." How about an honest, unpopular version? Hiring is slow because companies do not trust the anti-business actions of Big Government. In addition "tree-huggers," the EPA and our leaders are stopping the pipeline, drilling offshore and drilling on government land.


    Background checks don’t infringe on rights
    A Barrington letter to the editor: In reference to Mr. Froelich's letter of April 24 ("Millions of owners of guns are law-abiding"), could someone please explain what I'm missing here? Why would a background check strip away his right to bear arms?


    Obama administration protecting extremists
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Most people acknowledge that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful. However, this administration appears to want to protect radical Islamist Muslims. When a U.S. Army major killed 13 soldiers at Fort Hood while screaming praises to Allah, President Obama's first words were "let's not jump to conclusions."


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